Nature Question #10: What Species Of Plant Is This?

My Nature Questions are about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.

The answer to the last question turned out to be an American Robin. As more information is shared, it will appear on the American Robin Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

Thanks to Sue from the blog Backyard Biology for identifying this bird.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles. I did see several photos using the WordPress Reader. I also noticed one interesting article About Robins from the blog iamabrahamlincoln that describes the order young Robins leave their nests.

If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on American Robins, send me a link and I will add a link to its forest page and create a reference page like the one for iamabrahamlincoln that links to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of plant is this? The photos in the gallery below were taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail. Click to see a larger image.

Nature Question #9: What Species Of Bird Is This?

What species of bird is this?

November 2012

November 2012

Photo taken along the trail between Eaton Saddle and Mueller Tunnel.

The answer to the last question turned out to be a Golpher Snake. It could be a San Diego Gopher Snake, a Pacific Gopher Snake, or a mix of the two. I looked at photos from several web sites and can’t really tell the difference.  Unless someone comes forward and can explain why it’s one of the above options, I’m going to settle for the larger classification of gopher snake. As more information is shared, it will appear on the Golpher Snake Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

I’d like to thank Sue from the blog Backyard Biology for narrowing it down to a gopher snake and making it manageable for me to research and also providing a link to a photo of a San Diego Gopher Snake.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any articles using the search feature in the WordPress Reader.

If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on gopher snakes, send me a link and I will add a link to its forest page and create a reference page like the one for 1Year. 365 Species to your blog.

My Nature Questions are about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

Weekly Nature Question #8: What Species of Snake is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s plant question turned out to be Miner’s Lettuce and it is edible.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Miner’s Lettuce Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

It turned out to be a good thing that I missed a week of this series largely due to my trip to Sequoia.  I didn’t know what the species was until last night when I saw that Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel identified the species through my Hiking Angeles Forest Facebook Page.  Thanks Dianne!  It turns out my photos are from the dried out period of the plant cycle.  So, that probably made it more difficult to identify.  I plan on going back to the trail in a month or two when the plant is green and take photos and add them to the forest life page.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any articles using the search feature in the WordPress Reader.

If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on Miner’s Lettuce, send me a link and I will add a link to its forest page and create a reference page like the one for 1Year. 365 Species to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of snake is this?  I’m pretty sure it’s a gopher or garter snake but don’t know which species.

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

Weekly Nature Question #7: What Species of Plant is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s bird question turned out to be a Mourning Dove.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Mourning Dove Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Linda of the blog A Nature Mom for first identifying the Mourning Dove and Seth of the blog Kloipy Speaks for confirming Linda’s identification.  Thanks also to bloggers from the blogs Juniper Road, Living and Lovin, and 1000 Miles for commenting and providing more information.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles.  However, using the search feature in the WordPress Reader, I noticed a post by the blog 1 Year. 365 Species.  The post Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is a nice short description of the Mourning Dove with a couple of photos.  This post is one in a project by the author to document 365 species in a year–much more ambitious than my goal of 52 this year!

If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on the Mourning Dove, send me a link and I will add a link to the Mourning Dove Forest Life Page and create a reference page like the one for 1Year. 365 Species to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of plant is this?  I’ve seen this plant with white flowers numerous times on the north side of Mt. Wilson and have enjoyed the splash of color it provides along the trail in the spring time–especially when travelling through burn areas.

April 2012

April 2012

Above photo taken from the Gabrieleno Trail (between Red Box and Valley Forge).

April 2012

April 2012

Above photo taken from the Gabrieleno Trail (between Red Box and Valley Forge).

April 2012

April 2012

Above photo taken from the Gabrieleno Trail (between Red Box and Valley Forge).

Weekly Nature Question #6: What Species Of Bird Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s butterfly question turned out to be a Cabbage White Butterfly.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Cabbage White Butterfly Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Blogger Auntie Beak for identifying the butterfly and providing a link to further information on it.  Thanks also to Sue of the blog Backyard Biology for confirming Auntie Beak’s identification.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.  If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on the Cabbage White Butterfly, send me a link and I will add a link to this forest life page and create a reference page like this one to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of bird is this?

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail